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Winning Teams with John Murphy is dedicated to helping you get the important things done. The goal is to help you be the best you can be and live with vitality.

    The Good Fight – How to Use Productive Conflict to Improve Performance with Liane Davey | Episode #94

    The Good Fight – How to Use Productive Conflict to Improve Performance with Liane Davey | Episode #94

    Here to discuss her highly recommended book The Good Fight, Liane Davey shares her expertise in the area of conflict and conflict resolution. Liane is a very successful author, keynote speaker, and business consultant and an expert in the space of building high performance teams. Creating a winning team is what this podcast is all about and I am delighted to have this conversation with Liane. 

    In today’s episode, we discuss the things that hold teams back from growth and the concept of conflict debt. Why is talking about conflict so uncomfortable? Why are we so slow to have conflict? Liane shares the psychology behind this and also discloses how healthy conflict can benefit leaders and all team members. As leaders, how we deal with conflict can make or break the organization, so listen to find ways to improve your skills in this area and find ways to keep your business moving forward.

    What We Talked About in This Episode:

    Liane’s Background and John’s Praise for Her Work

    Experience Working Alongside Her Husband

    Why We Avoid Conflict

    Organizations Don’t Tend to Know How to Deal with Conflict

    How to Have Healthy Conflict

    The Ways Conflict Can Be Healthy For Organizations

    Exercises Liane Uses as a Consultant

    The Good Fight Starts Long Before the Conversation

    Digging Into More Conflict Through Lack of Communication

    Expedience is Rewarded Rather Than Effective Strategies

    The Distinction Between Workload and Thought Load

    How Leaders Are Failing Out of Fear

    The Effect of Selfishness Among Leaders

    The Topic of Neurodiversity

    Creating Understanding Environments

    Teams Tuning Into Each Other’s Emotional State

    Liane’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals

    About Our Guest:

    For the past 25 years, Liane has researched and advised teams on how to achieve high performance. Known as the “teamwork doctor,” she’s worked with teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, across a variety of industries, and around the globe from Boston to Bangkok. In working with hundreds of teams, including 26 Global Fortune 500 companies (and counting), she has developed a unique perspective on the challenges that teams face – and how to solve them. Beyond her work in the boardroom, Liane is a New York Times Bestselling author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done and The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track. She is also a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and has been sought by several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, USA Today, The Globe & Mail and Forbes, for her expertise on increasing productivity, enhancing engagement, and developing leaders.

              Connect with Liane Davey

    * Liane Davey’s Website

    * The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization

    * Back on Track by Liane Davey

    * Facebook

    * Twitter

    * LinkedIn

              Connect with John Murphy:

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    • 37 min
    How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace with Ray Arata | Episode #93

    How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace with Ray Arata | Episode #93

    With the rollercoaster of movements across the globe in recent years, today’s guest brings more support to the table with his recent book Showing Up. It is a timely book and a timely episode as Ray Arata helps men become advocates and allies for women in the workplace. 

    Ray Arata is an author of several books and the founder of the Better Man Conference, a program designed to guide the development of more inclusive, supportive leaders, managers, and colleagues to show up as advocates and allies who use their power and privilege to transform corporate culture. Better Man Leadership takes the fears and misconceptions surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, involvement, and leverages them into creating sustainable change.

    In this episode, Ray shares how he came to this realization and how he came forward to help others become allies. He calls out for courage in speaking up and makes it clear that the impact of not honoring women is damaging. The approach is through close self-examination and his book is highly recommended.

    What We Talked About in This Episode:

    How Ray Came Into Doing This Work

    The Eye Opening Experience That Changed Ray’s Life

    The Impact of Jobs Lost in 2020 and the Staggering Divide Between Those of Women and Those of Men

    Making the Conscious Effort to Be Better

    Why Men Are Reluctant to Become Allies

    When Men Use Power to Control

    Confronting Fear and Myth

    Humanizing Privilege Instead of Demonizing It

    How Do You Want to Be Experienced By Other People?

    Coaching Men to Challenge Behaviors and Fear

    Crawl, Walk, Run

    The Impact on the Retention of Talent

    Ray’s Optimism Regarding Men as Allies

    Ray’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals

    About Our Guest:

    Ray Arata is the author of two books, Wake Up Man Up, Step Up: Transforming Your Wake Up Call to Emotional Health and Happiness, and Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace. As an expert in leadership, inclusion, allyship, and emotional literacy, professionals connect with Ray because he leads from his heart and practices what he teaches in his own businesses and personal life. He brings an extensive business background and more than 15,000 hours in leading men to develop emotional literacy. Through his keynote presentations, workshops, executive coaching and management training, he applies the same heart-based principles that have helped him to lead a thriving business and fulfilling personal life.


             Connect with Ray Arata:

    * https://www.rayarata.com/

            Links and Resources:

    * Ray Arata Website

    * Showing Up: How Men Can Become Effective Allies in the Workplace by Ray


    * LinkedIn

    * The Better Man Conference

              Connect with John Murphy:




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    • 29 min
    Rapid Organisational Change with Steven Bleistein | Episode #92

    Rapid Organisational Change with Steven Bleistein | Episode #92

    Based in Japan and an expert in business, today’s guest is very clear and direct on how to get things done at a rapid pace. Steven Bleistein has a multicultural background and his experiences living and working globally have created a fascinating approach to organisational change. Currently, Steven works with senior leaders in the Japanese market but proves in this episode that change and culture is defined by the leaders, not their location.

    Listen to this episode to learn what gets in the way of executing change and getting things done at a pace that makes sense. There are several things that a leader has to face when it comes to organisational change and Steven is very concise in his communication of his tried-and-true approach.

    What We Talked About in This Episode:

    Steven’s Background, Career, and Expertise in Japanese Business

    The Universal Language of Value

    Being Persistent and Avoid Fear of Failure

    What Separates Successful and Unsuccessful Leaders

    Distinct Corporate Cultures

    The Importance of Pace

    Change Your Mindset Through Behavior

    Professionalism and Discipline

    Success Determine Mindset

    Steven’s Approach to Creating Change Fast

    The Bottleneck of Success

    The Refraction Layer

    The Problems Causing Performance Deficit

    How We Approach Performance Deficit

    The Reason Behind Lack of Progress

    Never Take No For An Answer

    Steven’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals

    About Our Guest:

    Steven Bleistein, CEO and founder of Relansa, Inc., and author of Rapid Organizational Change is one of those rare international experts who bridges Western and Japanese business thinking. Fluent in Japanese and French, Steve has attracted clients from businesses such as Adidas, Michelin, AIG Group and Barilla. Working with leaders and their teams, Steve helps both Japanese and international companies create their own new realities. Prior to Relansa, Steve represented the Balanced Scorecard Institute in Japan. Steve helped companies achieve new heights with his expertise in strategy and strategy management. Steve serves as Vice Chair of the Independent Business Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he takes an active role in supporting entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities inside Japanese companies. In addition, Steve serves on the board of Tsukuba International School, supporting the school’s leadership on the path toward full International Baccalaureate certification. Steve holds a PhD in computer science and an International MBA. He is a U.S. citizen by birth, and an Australian citizen by naturalization.


             Connect with Steven Bleistein:

    * https://www.relansa.co.jp/

             Links and Resources:

    * Relansa Website

    * Steven Bleistein on LinkedIn

    * Rapid Organizational Change by Steven Bleistein

              Connect with John Murphy:



    • 34 min
    Who Saw This Coming? with Robert Mixon | Episode #91

    Who Saw This Coming? with Robert Mixon | Episode #91

    Author of Who Saw This Coming? Robert Mixon joins the Winning Teams Podcast today to talk about something so relevant to today’s current world climate: leadership during major changes. Robert has an extensive background in the military as a now retired major general in the US army for 30+ successful years. He left that environment and became involved in the senior level of high level businesses. Now he owns a consulting business that focuses on the strategies and operations in business and is based in Florida.

    He is the author of several books, but today we focus on his most recent, Who Saw This Coming? and dive into the six principles that he refers to as fundamentally important. He offers practical action steps to take to improve your leadership skills in this ever-changing world of business and shares what it truly takes to build winning teams.

    What We Talked About in This Episode:

    Robert’s Background in the Military, Entrepreneurship, and Business

    Leading People the Way They Deserve to be Led

    Adapting and Overcoming the Fear Factor

    Learning to Live and Communicate in a Virtual World

    The Leadership Challenges for an In-Person and Virtual Hybrid Workplace

    The Need for Authenticity

    Establishing Your Vision and Intent

    The Core Element of the Organization

    Acceptable and Unacceptable Behavior

    Developing Strong Listening Skills

    Creating and Committing to a Team Covenant

    Mutual Accountability and Balance

    Robert’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals

    About Our Guest:

    Major General Robert Mixon is a retired officer of the United States Army, public speaker, author, and co-founder of Level Five Associates. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1974 and retired from active duty in 2007 after more than 33 years of commissioned service. At that time, he took over as president of Magnatag Visible Systems and later served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Leadership Development at CDS Monarch. While with CDS Monarch, Mixon helped to found the Warrior Salute Program for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Mixon is also the co-founder of Level Five Associates, a leadership consulting company specializing in change management. He is also the co-author of the best selling book Cows in the Living Room: Developing an Effective Strategic Plan and Sustaining It in 2014 and more recently Who Saw This Coming?


             Connect with Robert Mixon:

    * https://www.levelfiveassociates.com/

             Links and Resources:

    * Level Five Associates Website

    Robert Mixon on LinkedIn

    Who Saw This Coming? Now What Do We Do? By Robert Mixon

              Connect with John Murphy:




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    • 29 min
    Where Good Leaders Go Wrong with Jim Wetrich | Episode #90

    Where Good Leaders Go Wrong with Jim Wetrich | Episode #90

    In his most recent book Stifled: Where Good Leaders Go Wrong, author Jim Wetrich explores the topic of good and bad leadership. A leader recognizes a person’s potential and more often than not, many leaders are unknowingly stifling their team. 

    Jim Wetrich is the founder and CEO of The Wetrich Group of Companies. He now focuses on coaching and mentorship and spreading his leadership lessons to help individuals become better leaders and organizations create great leaders. With 40 years of experience, his expertise is highly sought after. In today’s episode, we dig into the big and small challenges leaders face in today’s world and the importance of cultivating new leaders. There are several misconceptions that Jim shares with us and reveals that transparency is crucial. Listen on to find out more.

    What We Talked About in This Episode:

    Jim’s Background and Career Experience

    Stifling Employees from Growth

    Having Strong Leaders in the Right Positions

    Building Engagement with Every Team Member

    Nobody is Managing the Managers

    Leading Different in Cultures and Environments

    The Importance of Transparency

    Letting People Do the Work Their Way

    Jim’s Advice in Avoiding Stifling Others

    Admit When You Don’t Know Something

    Common Mistakes of Executives

    Jim’s Definition of Good Leadership

    Helping People Find Their Passion

    Jim’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals

    About Our Guest:

    James G. Wetrich, LFACHE is a best selling USA Today and WSJ author. He is the CEO of The Wetrich Group of Companies, through which he has consulted with over 100 companies in the past twenty years. He has been in the healthcare industry for forty years and has worked in senior positions at Abbott Laboratories and Mölnlycke Health Care. Jim has extensive international experience having responsibilities in Europe as well as Latin America. Jim has a bachelor of science from the University of Southern California, a master of health administration from Tulane University, and a master of business administration from Emory University where he was number one in his class. Jim has served on numerous boards and advisory boards in both nonprofit and for-profit corporations. Jim is an adjunct instructor at Texas Wesleyan University, where he teaches Principles of Marketing to business students. He received a certificate in executive coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas and now coaches senior executives in the healthcare industry. Jim received the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University.

             Connect with Jim Wetrich:

    * https://jimwetrich.com/

            Links and Resources:

    * Jim Wetrich Website

    * Stifled: Where Good Leaders Go Wrong by Jim Wetrich

    * James G. Wetrich on LinkedIn

              Connect with John Murphy:



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    • 23 min
    How to Lead with Character with Dr. Jim Loehr | Episode #89

    How to Lead with Character with Dr. Jim Loehr | Episode #89

    Today’s interview was a true honor for me with Dr. Jim Loehr. He is the author of several extraordinary books that have impacted my life and career, but today we focus on his most recent Leading with Character: 10 Minutes a Day to a Brilliant Legacy. He is a prolific author and does fantastic work in the area of high performance as a Performance Psychologist and worldwide expert in this space.

    In this conversation with Dr. Loehr, we discuss what it means to win, the work that goes into developing character, and understanding how our brain filters information. All these things can help us or get in our way. He strongly brings the message home on how to leave a legacy including the process to follow to ensure you leave the legacy you want to leave. You will certainly want to take notes on this episode of Winning Teams as this is one of the most transformational interviews I’ve ever done.

    What We Talked About in This Episode:

    * Dr. Loehr’s Background, Education, and Career

    * Performance Psychology and High Performance Teams

    * The Difference Between Top Performers and Everyone Else

    * The Science of Recovery From Stress

    * Biomechanics of Performance

    * Playing and Working for the Right Reasons

    * Dr. Loehr’s Definition of Legacy

    * Leading with Character and the Accompanying Journal

    * Health Ignites Performance

    * Nurture, Nature, and Choice

    * Reflective Consciousness is our Super Power

    * The Brain as a Fiction-Creating Machine

    * How the Brain Responds to Conflicting Information

    * Showing Up as the Best Version of Yourself

    * Exercises From Leading with Character

    * The Power of Purpose and the Chase

    About Our Guest:

    Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 17 books including his most recent, Leading with Character. From his more than 30 years of experience and applied research, Dr. Loehr believes the single most important factor in successful achievement, personal fulfillment and life satisfaction is the strength of one’s character. He strongly contends that character strength can be built in the same way that muscle strength is built through energy investment.Jim Loehr is also well known for his individual work with top-flight athletes and Olympians. Dr. Loehr has a masters and doctorate in psychology, serves on several scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

              Connect with Dr. Jim Loehr:

    * https://www.jim-loehr.com/

             Links and Resources:

    * Dr. Jim Loehr on LinkedIn

    * Books by Dr. Jim Loehr

    • 46 min

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